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Jesus Needs New PR

Author James Frey to publish NEWER New Testament about drunk sleazy 'Jesus'

James Frey, the author who makes up his own story, has turned his fixed his literary eye on Jesus. Or basically he’s borrowed the name Jesus and a few of the events from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and added his own details.

James Frey, semi-memoirist and Oprah antagonist, is back and better than ever. Or weirder than ever. Frey is teaming up with Larry Gagosian to publish a new novel, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible. Gagosian will print a scant 11,000 copies and Frey will self-publish the book online. Do real publishers still not want anything to do with Frey after the Million Little Pieces debacle, even though his last book, Bright Shiny Morning, did pretty well? Or maybe the book isn’t…up to par. I haven’t read the thing, but as Frey told Page Six, it’s supposed to be “a theoretical third volume of the Bible — there was the Old, there was the New, and this is the Final.” That’s a pretty grand vision, especially when your Jesus is an alcoholic bachelor who sleeps with prostitutes. SOURCE


This reminds me of the Last Temptation of Christ, a movie about Jesus that Martin Scorsese made in 1988. If you were alive at the time, you remember the media hell-storm that was created over that film’s release.


According to the book’s description

For two thousand years people have spent their lives waiting, praying, fighting, begging, and going to war for the Messiah. They continue to do so, every minute of every day, every day of every year. And yet, as far as we know, the Messiah has never come. How would a man like Jesus be perceived if he appeared today? How would he live, what would he say, what would he preach and believe? How would society react to him, and what would they to do him? And though he may be the Messiah, he is not the man that has been prayed for over the course of the last two thousand years. He believes religion is a fraud, government is a sham, and that love should be a choice, regardless of gender. He is, as Christ was, everything that religious leaders and government officials fear, what they speak against, and what they destroy. He did not burn books, or picket doctor’s offices, or spend his time in religious institutions. He simply preached a message. Love your fellow man. Written from the perspective of his family, friends, and followers, in the same way the story of Jesus Christ was told in the New Testament, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible is the story of Ben Zion Avrohom, also known as Ben Jones, also known as the Messiah, also known as the Lord God. In The Final Testament of the Holy Bible James Frey, America’s most controversial bestselling writer, has written the most compelling and provocative work of his career.

James went on to say…“I tried to write a radical book. I’m releasing it in a radical way. Never again will somebody release my work in a way that doesn’t make me comfortable.”

The book releases on April 22.

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James Williams

posted March 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Adding new books of Scripture? Frey’s creeping in on the Mormons’ territory. Better not cross the Mormons.

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Sarah @BeatenCopperLamp

posted March 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm

“He did not…spend time in religious institutions.” I’m pretty sure Jesus went to the Temple, and read in his local synagogue, and practiced the Jewish Passover ritual. Just saying.

This sound a lot like Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore, only more self-important.

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posted March 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Sarah: “Lamb” was a great book on how people in modern times relate to religion: satire of the importance of traditions through the lens of a fake Jesus “biography.” It was brilliant.

James Frey’s most recent work was co-authoring the tepid “I am Number Four,” which was so bad it gave me rashes.

And MPT: “The Last Temptation of Christ” was a fairly legitimate portrayal of Jesus, even from an Orthodoxy standpoint, as most (if not all) of Jesus’s controversial behaviors in that film happen in the context of a dream– literally, as he’s being tempted to give up his work on earth. This is no way re-writes the Jesus story.

Frey, on the other hand… well, he’s just a douche.

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    Matthew Paul Turner

    posted March 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I agree, John. I only mentioned it because it created a controversy at the time and it presents a more human (at least, more than many are comfortable with) Christ.

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posted March 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Guess he hasn’t actually read the Bible, because the final chapter has already been written. Jesus will come again when the Father says it’s time.

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Jeffrey West

posted March 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm

This is a post about the book, but what are your personal thoughts on this?

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    Matthew Paul Turner

    posted March 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I haven’t read it, and I’m not sure I will…

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      Jeffrey West

      posted March 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      Well, I figured since it doesn’t come out till April, but I won’t be reading it either. I think a scanning of the reviews when it’s out will be necessary though.

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posted March 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm

“He believes religion is a fraud, government is a sham, and that love should be a choice, regardless of gender.” Wow, that message is so earthshakingly radical that I’ve certainly never heard it from every city-dwelling hipster ever! No wonder we need a Messiah since nobody else has ever had the courage to say that!

This seems to be what we in the publishing industry call “a desperate bid for attention.” Jesus Books get controversy, controversy gets press, press gets sales… Yawn.

The other explanation is that he’s trying to start a cult, but he admits it’s a novel so that’s not as likely.

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posted March 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Yeah, because when I think of credibility, James Frey is the first name to come to mind.

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Matthew Lyon

posted March 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm

i wonder what Rob Bell has to say about this?

farewell, James?

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posted March 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I bet conservative evangelicals will freak about this and raise hell providing a wave of PR thus making what would have been a crappy book a cultural staple. (see Golden Compass for an example. I didn’t read the book but the movie sucked and that is what I am referencing.)This is what has happened for Rob Bell.

When will these people learn that if they don’t want people to read “unholy” things they just need to leave them alone.

*I apologize for the rant.

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    posted March 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I thought the book was actually very, very good. I didn’t find it so much critical of the idea of religion as the ability of those with a crazy amount of power to abuse power and hide knowledge (which you can’t deny religious institutions have done in the past…but so have lots of other kinds of institutions).

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posted March 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm

This smacks of a desperate, sensational move designed to merely sell books. Reminds me of that annoying kid in class who says obnoxious things just to get attention.

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